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The Second Week in June

We Read…

A big theme that we can find within our passages for today is this: Only God can be our savior! We are not saved by popular kings (like the Israelites asked for in 1 Samuel), we are not saved by ourselves, we are not saved by worldly things/aspirations, and we are not even saved by our loved ones (like Jesus reminds the people in Mark). It can be so easy to put our hope and faith in the things around us, especially when we can’t physically see God right in front of us. But we are reminded that God is working, God hears us, and God is the only one who can offer us salvation and the fullest life! 

  • Have you ever tried to find your purpose or answers in something or someone other than God? Maybe this is where you’re currently at.

  • If you have chosen to let God be the center of your life, how has this changed you?

  • What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to put God above all else?

1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20

4 So all the Israelite elders got together and went to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “Listen. You are old now, and your sons don’t follow in your footsteps. So appoint us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” 6 It seemed very bad to Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us,” so he prayed to the Lord.

7 The Lord answered Samuel, “Comply with the people’s request—everything they ask of you—because they haven’t rejected you. No, they’ve rejected me as king over them. 8 They are doing to you only what they’ve been doing to me from the day I brought them out of Egypt to this very minute, abandoning me and worshipping other gods. 9 So comply with their request, but give them a clear warning, telling them how the king will rule over them.”

10 Then Samuel explained everything the Lord had said to the people who were asking for a king. 11 “This is how the king will rule over you,” Samuel said: 

“He will take your sons, and will use them for his chariots and his cavalry and as runners for his chariot.

16 He will take your male and female servants, along with the best of your cattle and donkeys, and make them do his work. 17 He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and then you yourselves will become his slaves! 18 When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you chose for yourselves, but on that day the Lord won’t answer you.” 

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel and said, “No! There must be a king over us 20 so we can be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us and lead us and fight our battles.” 

Psalm 138

1 I give thanks to you 

with all my heart, Lord.

I sing your praise before all other gods. 

2 I bow toward your holy temple 

and thank your name 

for your loyal love and faithfulness 

because you have made 

your name and word 

greater than everything else.

3 On the day I cried out, you answered me. 

You encouraged me with inner strength.

4 Let all the earth’s rulers 

give thanks to you, Lord,